My Chemical Free Home
These 4 ways save us money and most importantly don't put harmful chemicals all over and in our bodies.
For all general cleaning we now use Vinegar, Bicarb Soda (V & B) and a scrubbing brush or cloth. I keep a few spray bottles around our house (like the bathroom and kitchen) with 1/3 vinegar and the rest water. I use this to wipe nearly all surfaces around my home. We clean our toilets and bathroom with the V & B mix and give it a good scrub with the toilet brush. You can create a really good paste by mixing the bicarb with water and scrubbing that onto your dirty sink/shower and then spraying on vinegar to really activate the mixture. I also use Koh (ekoWorx) and Norwex cloths. These clean everything and use no chemicals at all. To remove mould I use Oil of Cloves. It is expensive up front but it goes a super long way. It eventually works out way cheaper than any chemicals as you only need 1/4 teaspoon of Oil of Cloves with 1 litre of water. I spray this onto our shower each month and leave it overnight.
I love essential oils. We have an oil diffuser as well as Himalayan Salt Lamps in our home. I pop some lavender on our pillows at night. I also use the eucalyptus and tea tree oils in our homemade toothpaste. We mix these two oils with Bentonite Clay and water to form a paste. I also use coconut oil and a little bicarb for a toothpaste. Previously I bought the kids Jack N' Jill kids toothpaste with no nasties inside.
My makeup is all natural and chemical free. I especially love Inika, Eco Minerals Byron Bay and Sante. I used to have a heap of makeup but was only using the same favourite items, so now I find having a few good quality items is much better. Plus many don't realise that makeup does eventually become too old to use, but with no expiry date stamped on products like our food, we keep items for way too long which can harm our skin. Are you due for a big makeup clean out?
We love everything Ecostore. For our washing powder we mix equal parts of their washing powder, with their laundry soaker and stain remover and the cheapest brand of bicarb soda. We mix it into a big tub and use a scoop or two of this mix per wash. We have tried soap nuts and the laundry egg which were great but having three super active and grubby munchkins and a firefighter husband (fire smoke), I needed something a little stronger while still being natural, chemical free and safe for our families skin. Having two children who suffer from eczema, this is crucial for us. We also use their soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand wash, dish liquid and dishwasher tablets. Where I used to place fabric softener in my washing machine, I now use vinegar (and no our clothes don't come out smelling like vinegar - never). I buy it all when it's on special so I don't find price a problem.